Understanding Implicit Bias with Bryant Marks (1)

Tuesday, March 9 at 5:00pm to 6:30pm

This is a past event.
Virtual Event

Research has revealed that many Americans show a positive implicit bias toward White Americans vs. African Americans, young vs. old and thin vs. obese. Showing a preference for or against any particular group does not mean that a person is prejudiced or will discriminate, but it does suggest that s/he has been repeatedly exposed to certain associations between specific groups and specific traits/characteristics and have stored them in memory. These associations are often very strong and difficult to undo without deliberate effort or ongoing training. It is possible, however, to implement practices or policies that reduce the likelihood that implicitly biased beliefs will lead to biased behaviors.

This training will introduce participants to the concept of implicit bias and what it looks like in the real world. Discussions will cover sources and causes of implicit bias, how it is measured, how it affects individuals and how it affects the attitudes and behaviors of the target group. Participants will then be given tools and strategies for considering how can implicit bias be reduced/managed at the individual and institutional levels.

Capacity: 500

Learning Objectives
•    Understand what implicit bias is and be able to identify it in real life situations
•    Understand why implicit bias exists and how it is measured
•    Understand how implicit bias affects the person holding the bias and how it affects the target of the bias
•    Identify ways to manage or reduce implicit bias 

The University of Southern California (USC) Suzanne Dworak-Peck School of Social Work, an accredited school of social work as defined in Business and Professions Code section 4991.2, meets the requirements set forth in section 4996.22(d) (1). The School is recognized by the California Board of Behavioral Sciences as a continuing education provider pursuant to Section 1887.4.3. 

California licensed social workers, marriage and family therapists and professional clinical counselors attending can earn 1.5 CEUs. Participants must attend the virtual workshop and take the post-event test and evaluation to receive 1.5 CEUs. If you are licensed outside the state of California, we urge you to check with your licensing board to see if the training outlined meets continuing education requirements in your state.

Event Type

Lecture / Talk / Workshop


Students, Alumni, Faculty/Staff





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